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Kanga
05-29-2009, 12:55 AM
Free Learning.

The beauty of this business is that anyone can practice it. Not everybody can afford, or is in a position to participate in formal Computer Graphics education. There is an alternative: Free Learning. Hardware is not free but there are free and open source applications you can use to teach yourself. If you have an internet connection and a reasonable computer you have all you need to start. Most of the software has forums and communities that offer support in the form of tutorials and solutions to technical problems, on CGTalk and elsewhere on the web. I am compiling this thread as an alternative and an aid to formal education and invite members to participate with suggestions and links (updates, dead link reports etc.) in the posts below so I can add to,and edit this list. I could provide a price list but we are interested in free and open source resources.

Free 3D Software
3D Canvas (http://amabilis.com./products.htm)
3dom (http://threedom.sourceforge.net/)
Anim8or (http://www.anim8or.com/)
Art of Illusion (http://artofillusion.org/)
Aztec (http://aztec.sourceforge.net/aztec.php)
Blender (http://www.blender3d.com/)
Calimax Modeller (http://www.calimaxmodeller.org/index.php)
DeleD Lite (http://www.delgine.com./index.php?filename=product_deled&menus=off)
Equinox3D (http://www.equinox3d.com/)
GameSpace Light (http://www.caligari.com/gameSpace/gsl/gsl.asp)
Houdini apprentice (http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=589&Itemid=221)
JTEdit (http://www.jtgame.com/jtedit/jteditmain.html)
K-3D (http://k3d.sourceforge.net/)
Loq Airou (http://www.quelsolaar.com/loqairou)
MakeHuman (pre-alpha version) (http://www.dedalo-3d.com/index.php?filename=SXCOL/makehuman/abstract.html)
Metasequoia LE (http://www.metaseq.net/english/index.html)
Moonlight3D (http://moonlight3d.net/)
OpenFX (http://openfx.org/)
OpenTeddy (http://sourceforge.net/projects/openteddy)
Pretty Poly Editor (http://prettypoly.sourceforge.net/)
PFTrack PLE (http://www.thepixelfarm.co.uk/products/evaluate.aspx?PROD=3) (added fuzzylizard (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=5711))
Sculptris (http://www.drpetter.se/project_sculpt.html) (added ahmedtelb (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=258350))
Softimage 7.5 Mod Tool (http://www.softimage.com/products/modtool/) added fuzzylizard (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=5711))
VUE 7 Infinite/XStrem PLE (http://www.vue7.com/ple/) (added fuzzylizard (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=5711))
Vue 7 Pioneer (http://www.e-onsoftware.com/products/vue/vue_7_pioneer/) (added fuzzylizard (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=5711))
Wings3D (http://www.wings3d.com/)

Free 2D Software
List alternative 2d editors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_raster_graphics_editors)(addedthecathyinthehat (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=447654))
Alchemy (http://al.chemy.org/) (added ahmedtelb (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=258350))
Art Weaver (http://www.artweaver.de/index.php?en_version)(addedahmedtelb (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=258350))
CinePaint (http://www.cinepaint.org)( (http://www.cinepaint.org)update (http://www.cinepaint.org)murdock64) (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=394454)
GraphicsGale (http://www.tempest-j.com/gale/e/)
Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org) (added gantayet (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=389679) )
ImageForge (http://www.cursorarts.com/ca_imw_d.html)
MyPaint (http://mypaint.intilinux.com/) (added ahmedtelb (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=258350))
Plastic Animation Paper (PAP) (http://www.plasticanimationpaper.dk) (added mahir (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=27501))
Paint.NET (http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net/)
Pencil (http://www.pencil-animation.org)(added mahir (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=27501))
PhotoPlus Freeware (http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/serif/ph/ph5/index.asp)
Pixarra Twisted Brush (http://www.pixarra.com/) (added Creeto (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=266515))
Pixia (http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/)(editedhalen (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=391903))
Splashup (http://www.splashup.com)(added Animasta (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=262789))
Sumopaint (http://www.sumopaint.com/) (added (http://www.sumopaint.com/)halen (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=391903))
The Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/)
Ultimate Paint (http://www.ultimatepaint.com/)

Game Engines
CryEngine 3 (http://www.crytek.com/cryengine)
UDK 3 (http://www.udk.com/)
Unity3d (http://unity3d.com/)
50 free engines (or elements) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Free_game_engines)

Compositing Software
Nuke 5 PLE (http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/) (added fuzzylizard (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=5711))
Voodoo Camera Tracker (http://www.digilab.uni-hannover.de/docs/manual.html) (added craigjarvis (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=342144))

Free specialst apps (added ThomasTheToolman (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=393545))
http://www.hdrshop.com (http://www.hdrshop.com/)
http://graphics.uni-konstanz.de/~luft/ivy_generator (http://graphics.uni-konstanz.de/%7Eluft/ivy_generator)
http://www.aqsis.org (http://www.aqsis.org/)
http://www.mapzoneeditor.com (http://www.mapzoneeditor.com/)
http://web.archive.org/web/20020201...bmrt/index.html (http://web.archive.org/web/20020201172527/www.exluna.com/products/bmrt/index.html)
http://photofiltre.free.fr (http://photofiltre.free.fr/)
http://www.scribus.net (http://www.scribus.net/) (added ahmedtelb (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=258350))
http://celtx.com (http://celtx.com/) (added ahmedtelb (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=258350))

Nothing is for Free.

Is what they say, and this area of Computer Graphics is no exception. While software and lessons can cost nothing, time and effort on your part will be expensive. You will have a much easier time if you love CG instead of like it. If you are inventive and enjoy solving problems there is no reason why you can't produce a professional standard port folio which you can use to sell yourself. If you aren't sure CG is for you then you are free to try it and see, and this will cost you nothing but your time. If you do decide to pursue this vocation I would advise combining this material with art instruction. Libraries and the web are full of free art information and techniques that can prove very effective when studied.

Hardware.

While much of this software will run on a standard home PC there are a few things you can do to improve your experience.

Your computer's operating system should be professional. Home versions usually perform poorly. There is more software and information available for Windows at the moment.

Your computer's hard drive should be de fragmented frequently especially if you have deleted large files. This will leave big holes on your drive and slow your computer down. If possible partition your computer so that your work files are on a separate drive and only applications and the system should live on your internal drive. This will speed up your computer and in the event of a corrupt motherboard all your work files will be safe. A computer crammed full of music and games will be much less efficient.

One good anti virus application and one good antispyware application are enough. Update them and scan on a regular basis.

Before you download applications you intend to work with check the hardware and software requirements on the site you are downloading from. These are usually a starting point statistics and you don't want to download and install something you can't use. These requirements are normally quite low but if your computer fails to meet them on more than a few occasions then it is time to upgrade. If the software you are using preforms badly or not at all check to see your graphics card is sufficient for the task and that you are using the most recent drivers for the card. Other than that the software's forums can usually get you up and running with any technical issues.

If you are following tutorials or extensively using reference material two monitors are a godsend. If your graphics card supports this you can have your application on one screen and the lesson material on another. Many lessons are very intensive and have to be followed step by step, a second monitor will save you the headache of continuously flipping between application. If you are strapped for cash ensure you have at least one good monitor that represents colours well and if you can't afford it an el cheapo second monitor will do for reference material.

Graphics tablet.

You can paint a Rembrandt with a mouse, there are some people who can and do but for most of us a graphics tablet is essential. If you are used to programming or light editing applications then you might think this is nonsense. Heavy 3d and 2d work is very intensive and although a tablet may feel alien at first you will quickly get used to the natural work flow and wonder how you could live without it. Many hours of study and project work can result in RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) or the tennis arm of computer jocks. You don't want it. Get a tablet. Like all hardware and software bigger and more expensive is not always best depending on your requirements. I have an economical little wacom bamboo which is very portable and whizzes over my dual monitor setup with ease. Because you can zoom with every application even a small tablet will provide you with the ability to add all the detail you need.

Work and study

Get a comfortable chair. Often terribly expensive multi adjustable office chairs end up in fire sales simply because they have fallen out of fashion, they are normally very well designed for the job of sailing you through your education and can be acquired cheaply. Make sure it reclines a little and do this occasionally.

When studying or working take frequent breaks and walk about your home studio a bit. When concentrating make a conscious effort to relax your shoulders and posture from time to time.

If you fire up a new application the first place you should go is the beginners tutorials, even if you are more advanced. These lessons are to help you explore functions and the interface not make an apple. Nearly all applications come bundled with getting started exercises and when you have done these you can find more on the web. Some students find tutorials difficult to follow and it may take a while for you to get used to them. Do not fear everyone has to start somewhere. When you are faced with something that seems unsolvable, take a pause, run around the block. Often a little distance from the task will allow your brain to relax and the answer will come by itself. As you get more comfortable with the applications and the learning process you will be able to follow tutorials made for other applications or even in other languages as you will only be looking for principles you can use instead of a step by step explanation. If you find good lessons bookmark them as you may want to return months later. There is really so much to know that when you discover a process or technique that you know you will need later, make notes. This will save a lot of time.

What to make

CG, 2 and 3D are such wide fields that it can be a real problem deciding what to produce. Everything from fantasy concept art to hardcore engineering and practically all areas in between use CG. Take some time to surf the web and visit company sites to see what work gets your interest. Do a little in each area and see what you enjoy most. There are two ways you can go: what is selling at the moment, or what you like the most. Doing what you most enjoy may be harder in the beginning, but easier in the long run. If you find you are not a creative guru yet there are plenty of competitions here and all over the net to get you started. When you first begin everything you make will seem amazing,... to you! If all is going to plan your work should look pretty horrid to others. This is fairly normal. Don't be discouraged, keep forging ahead.

Forums

Next to the web itself forums and communities are your single greatest resource. Treat them with respect because sooner or later they always come in handy. Refrain from being argumentative or rude and remember that if someone disagrees with you it doesn't necessarily mean they are wrong. Like wise if you get rude posts ignore them. Forums are generally very well moderated and your behaviour will be noticed. Never enter a discussion on piracy as every forum and community has rules against this. Getting banned is a waste of time, get on with learning, there is a lot to do. Try and help others as often as your time will allow. Leaving helpful comments and positive criticisms is how this whole bizz works. Never feel under qualified to leave a response except in intensely technical threads as your simple observation may be greatly appreciated.

(idea eldee (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?u=106730)) Finding good tutorials is also an art. In the beginning you can find links to useful tutorials on the websites of the makers of your downloaded software. Like I said many of these applications spawn communities and forums so try to find these. Google is your friend :)

Some places you can go:

For you painters, concept artists, character designers/builders

Art Techniques and Theories Forum (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=166)

http://conceptart.org (http://conceptart.org/)

Artistic Anatomy and Figurative Art (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=177)




For your work in progress

WIP/Critique: 3D Stills (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=43)

WIP/Critique: Game Art Design (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=39)

WIP/Critique: Animation (http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=153)

For more information on study, workflow, attending networking events, building a portfolio, making and sending a demo reel, buy and read Ed Harriss's book
CGSociety - How to get a Job in Computer Animation
(http://features.cgsociety.org/story.php?story_id=1564)
Have fun and may the force be with you,

Cheers Chris




The software lists and links above were compiled mainly by Veovis of gamedev.net and contributors to this thread. Thanks guys and gals.

Animasta
05-29-2009, 01:53 AM
Nice thread :)

For 2D software, there's also a free browser-based photoshop clone called Splashup.
http://www.splashup.com/

Kanga
05-29-2009, 03:15 AM
Nice thread :)

For 2D software, there's also a free browser-based photoshop clone called Splashup.
http://www.splashup.com/
Thanks Animasta
Added :)

Cheers Chris

eldee
05-29-2009, 08:24 AM
Nice job kanga, a great list!

Also worth noting, MrBluesummers (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?userid=116527) has been working on http://www.3dcodex.com/ a 3D Tutorial aggrigator. From the testing he's done so far it's looking pretty useful to those trying to get a handle on starting out, as you can search for tutorials on various skill levels and focuses.

The downside is that he hasn't finished it completely (as of today anyway), so it goes up and down every now and then.

Kanga
05-29-2009, 11:23 AM
Nice job kanga, a great list!

Also worth noting, MrBluesummers (http://forums.cgsociety.org/member.php?userid=116527) has been working on http://www.3dcodex.com/ a 3D Tutorial aggrigator. From the testing he's done so far it's looking pretty useful to those trying to get a handle on starting out, as you can search for tutorials on various skill levels and focuses.

The downside is that he hasn't finished it completely (as of today anyway), so it goes up and down every now and then.
Hi eldee, and thanks.
Yaman, nice database. I thought about putting up a list here also compiled by Veovis. Trouble with tutorial lists is they are HUGE. There are just so many of them. The intrepid individals who put loads of time and love into these tutes are partially responsible for why so many of us have come so far in the first place. They are privatly hosted for the most part which means these lists tend to go dead after a while because things happen and they fall off the interwebs. The lists are hard to maintain because of that.

Never the less its worth a note! So added.
Thanks again man.

Cheerio Chris

fuzzylizard
06-08-2009, 05:54 AM
As an update

* Maya PLE is no more
* Vue 7 Pioneer is a completely free terrain and environment modeling and animation program
* VUE 7 Infinite/XStrem PLE
* PFTrack has a PLE version as well
* Softimage 7.5 Mod Tool

Compositing Software
* Nuke 5 PLE

- PLE = Personal Learning Edition

Kanga
06-08-2009, 06:44 AM
Thanks Chris!
Added.

Cheers

As an update

* Maya PLE is no more
* Vue 7 Pioneer is a completely free terrain and environment modeling and animation program
* VUE 7 Infinite/XStrem PLE
* PFTrack has a PLE version as well
* Softimage 7.5 Mod Tool

Compositing Software
* Nuke 5 PLE

- PLE = Personal Learning Edition

yosemited
06-26-2009, 07:01 PM
the most important question is: will this method lead someone who can't afford a regular education, in college or university, somewhere in the industry? such as myself

i still don't really know what i want to build a career in, but i have a blast everytime i make 3D models

Kanga
06-26-2009, 08:24 PM
i still don't really know what i want to build a career in, but i have a blast everytime i make 3D models
Yeah man you can.
The second part of your sentance is the most important. :thumbsup:

mahir
06-30-2009, 12:28 AM
Kanga I'm not sure if it's already mentioned somewhere else but I didn't see it on the list so:
Free 2D animation software Pencil (http://www.pencil-animation.org/).

Kanga
06-30-2009, 01:28 AM
Kanga I'm not sure if it's already mentioned somewhere else but I didn't see it on the list so:
Free 2D animation software Pencil (http://www.pencil-animation.org/).
Thanks mahir

Added :)

mahir
06-30-2009, 05:50 AM
While we're at it, here's another free 2D animation software: Plastic Animation Paper (http://www.plasticanimationpaper.dk/).

Kanga
06-30-2009, 04:27 PM
While we're at it, here's another free 2D animation software: Plastic Animation Paper (http://www.plasticanimationpaper.dk/).
Once again thanks for the link :)

Added.

Cheers

andronikos916
07-08-2009, 07:35 AM
Thank you for the information !

cu,
Andron

Kanga
08-07-2009, 10:31 AM
Thank you for the information !

cu,
Andron
You are welcome and glad you found it useful :)

Nate Wheeler
08-14-2009, 04:52 PM
www.traptcg.com is a good free video tutorial site for 3d and some 2d programs. also I think that the site might be putting up Blender tutorials. (blender is a free 3d package).

Kanga
08-21-2009, 03:59 PM
Hi Nate!
I haven't listed tutorials because there are so many and because they are constantly changing. I hear ya on Blender,... its 5 or so on the list.

Cheers.

gantayet
08-22-2009, 12:16 PM
Excellent compilation and very useful list of 3D/2D software. The options available is faboulous for a self learner like me.

Guess 'Inkscape' ( http://www.inkscape.org ) is a wonderful vector graphics 2D tool and it has been missed out. In fact it is my favourite 2D tool along with GIMP.

Thanks

Kanga
08-23-2009, 11:06 AM
Excellent compilation and very useful list of 3D/2D software. The options available is faboulous for a self learner like me.

Guess 'Inkscape' ( http://www.inkscape.org ) is a wonderful vector graphics 2D tool and it has been missed out. In fact it is my favourite 2D tool along with GIMP.

Thanks
Ooooh a kind of open scource version of illustrator,... very usefull app.
Added,.. thanks gantayet :)

Rapsheba555
08-23-2009, 01:12 PM
Well, though it isn't free, Milkshape 3D (http://chumbalum.swissquake.ch/) is an EXCELLENT program. It costs $30 which, for something as versatile as it is, is quite inexpensive. Obviously it's not a real option if you use every penny of your budget, but if you can spare the money, it is an extremely easy pick-up-and-learn program.

craigjarvis
08-23-2009, 03:22 PM
Don't Forget Voodoo Camera Tracker (http://www.digilab.uni-hannover.de/docs/manual.html) that's free for windows and linux and has support for blender and max,xsi etc:)

Kanga
08-23-2009, 08:59 PM
Rapsheba555 thanks man, yes milkshape is great, however we are only doing freebies on that list because there are loads of low priced apps its hard to keep track. Someone is sure to see your link here though! :)

craigjarvis, thanks, added :)

Thanks chaps.

ahmedteleb
08-26-2009, 12:29 PM
thank you every one for the share and i wanna share one of my favorite programs

art weaver

http://www.artweaver.de/index.php?en_version

artweaver it`s free program just like corel painter give it a try you will like it

Kanga
08-26-2009, 12:57 PM
Thanks Ahmed!
Looks cool indeed,.. added to the 2d apps :)

Cheers Chris

Canderson
10-01-2009, 10:29 PM
I always learn a lot by searching for "vfx" and "animation" on http://www.search.twitter.com

The chatter is full of useful links and information. Also people always post cool vfx breakdowns and clips. I almost always find at least few great sites to bookmark every time I search.

Chris

acanaday
10-12-2009, 02:39 PM
A while ago I started a podcast dedicated to answering questions from those trying to get into the industry. I'm an environment artist at BioWare, and I interview many other BioWare employees as well as guests from other studios.

http://gim.acanaday.com

The episodes so far:

1 - Audio Design (http://gim.acanaday.com/?p=1)
2 - Tech Art (http://gim.acanaday.com/?p=33)
3 - Gaining Experience (http://gim.acanaday.com/?p=49)
4 - Design 101 (http://gim.acanaday.com/?p=67)
5 - Environment Art (http://gim.acanaday.com/?p=72)

Hope everyone finds them useful! We will be having a character art and portfolio episode coming up in the next few weeks.

Kanga
10-13-2009, 12:51 AM
Canderson, cool. I am sure eveyone viewing this thread (it gets alot of clicks I can tell you :) ) will find this useful.

acanaday, nice action man, will have my ears glued to the upcoming character podcast for sure!

Thanks guys.

ThomasTheToolman
10-14-2009, 09:01 AM
I`ve got some suggestions as well:

http://www.hdrshop.com
http://graphics.uni-konstanz.de/~luft/ivy_generator
http://www.aqsis.org
http://www.mapzoneeditor.com
http://web.archive.org/web/20020201172527/www.exluna.com/products/bmrt/index.html
http://photofiltre.free.fr

Cheers!

Kanga
10-14-2009, 04:59 PM
Thomas!
All free for study use,... all amazing apps by the look of it.
Added :)

Thanks man

Smerkol
11-30-2009, 06:38 PM
Another free modeling software: milkshape 3d - http://chumbalum.swissquake.ch/
My first steps were achieved using that. Most importantly, it learned me to think in 3d - it is too primitive to think instead of you. But it can make you loathe everything in 3d, i am afraid.

Smerkol
11-30-2009, 06:39 PM
I made my first steps into 3d modeling using Milkshape 3d. It learnt me thinking 3d - it is too primitive to think istead of you. Can make you loathe everything that smells of 3d. Can import/export every 3d file, used in popular games, other software probably more.

Animasta
11-30-2009, 07:35 PM
Actually, it's shareware. After a 30 day trial period has ended you must purchase the software to continue using it. This thread is for software that is completely free to use.

Smerkol
12-01-2009, 02:59 PM
I'm sorry, i didn't know that. After all, i did use it only for a couple of weeks. It's a shame, though. Kinda good for first steps. I actualy managed to make a human bodi by placing vertices and conecting them itno polygons.

zzott
12-02-2009, 06:09 PM
Nice thread. (im new here, hi)
I must say, the best free 3D software is blender, no doubt

Kanga
12-02-2009, 09:26 PM
Hey welcome jimmy.

Yeah Blender is totally amazing, incredible that it is free. You can make anything in it that you can make with the big name apps. Not everybody likes to use it though because it is different to most 3d software.

Have fun here.

jsam
12-20-2009, 06:56 AM
Hello
i still don't really know what i want to build a career in, but i have a blast everytime i make 3D models

ahmedteleb
12-20-2009, 10:42 PM
The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.5 Alpha 0. This release is the first official testing release of the Blender 2.5 series, and represents the culmination of many years of redesign and development work.

Blender 2.5 has a new GUI layout, with updated graphic design and a new icon set. The GUI layout has been re-designed to be clearer, better organized and easier to navigate, and is fully customizable with Python scripting

Blender 2.5 Alpha 0 (http://www.blender.org/development/release-logs/blender-250/)

Animasta
12-20-2009, 11:13 PM
The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.5 Alpha 0. This release is the first official testing release of the Blender 2.5 series, and represents the culmination of many years of redesign and development work.

Blender 2.5 has a new GUI layout, with updated graphic design and a new icon set. The GUI layout has been re-designed to be clearer, better organized and easier to navigate, and is fully customizable with Python scripting

Blender 2.5 Alpha 0 (http://www.blender.org/development/release-logs/blender-250/)

Old news and wrong thread.

Kanga
12-20-2009, 11:28 PM
Old news and wrong thread.
Nah,... its ok Dale. I gotta load of respect for blender. The heads up is fine here.

Cheers

Animasta
12-21-2009, 01:05 AM
Nah,... its ok Dale. I gotta load of respect for blender. The heads up is fine here.

Cheers

Ok, good to know then :)

ahmedteleb
12-21-2009, 09:13 AM
i know it i old news but i see that some people have troubles with the old interface it is not easy to understand but the program now it is like other 3d programs easy and good organized that`s all what i want to say

and here is the page to give a try

http://www.blender.org/download/get-25-alpha/

Kanga
12-21-2009, 09:37 AM
some people have troubles with the old interface it is not easy to understand but the program now it is like other 3d programs
Users comming from other 3d apps usually have trouble with Blender. The test run I gave it showed that it installs easily and runs smoothly. Blender is a free all in one 3d application, and with the addition of a game engine and the capability to read motion capture files it has become a favorite of freelancers starting out who cant afford commercial applications. Even so I know of a success story where the artist decided to stay with Blender even after he was able to afford commercial products. Looking at the galleries over at Blender.org it is easy to see that anything can be made with this software that can be made with other application except for some specialized effects you probably need a plugin for with commercial products.

As free software Blender is amazing, even if it wasnt free it would still be amazing. The enthusiasm and attention to detail the Blender team offer is very special and has not decreased over the years. It's also Dutch which makes me shamelessly proud :)

Cheers

ahmedteleb
12-21-2009, 10:34 PM
i got you tow more programs i hope you find them useful in your work

1- http://www.scribus.net
scribus
is open source program like adobe indesign you can make your book or magazine with this amazing program and make it ready for press or published on the web as pdf

2- http://celtx.com/
celtx
is open source program not like any other
Celtx helps you produce all types of media - film, video, documentary, theatre, machinima, comics, advertising, video games, music video, radio, broadcasts, videocasts, write scripts, storyboard scenes and sequences, sketch setups, develop characters, breakdown & tag elements, schedule productions, and prepare and circulate informative reports for cast and crew.and however else you choose to tell your story.

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i`m graphic designer used to use photoshop & max & illustrator & freehand in my work but now i use blender & inkscape & photoshop in my professional work is there any one ales like me

Kanga
12-21-2009, 11:46 PM
Thanks ahmed.

Added under specialist apps.
Cheers

outsidethebox
12-31-2009, 11:26 AM
i over looked this thread i'll look into blender thanks

Rapsheba555
01-02-2010, 12:08 AM
But it can make you loathe everything in 3d, i am afraid.

Not to continue the not-free programs off-topicness (there's a mouthful), but I'm not sure why you say this. It is excellently programmed and I've never had a single problem with it. Yes, it is fairly simple, but if you can't work in simple terms, more complex models are totally overwhelming. Though perhaps I just misunderstood what you meant.

ahmedteleb
01-05-2010, 10:18 PM
do you like 2d animation ..... you want free software like flash Depend on the vector drawing and frames - tweening process and much more

here is amazing open source 2d animation ( synfig (http://synfig.org) )

hope you enjoy it and do great work with it

murdock64
01-12-2010, 03:44 PM
Cine Paint link needs to be updated
www.cinepaint.org/
And also i dont know if artrage was ree in the past but version 2.5 costs 20 bucks, and version 3 costs 40

reelrain12
01-13-2010, 06:57 AM
Wow this is super, thanks!

Kanga
01-14-2010, 02:18 AM
Cine Paint link needs to be updated
www.cinepaint (http://www.%3Cb%3Ecinepaint).org/
And also i dont know if artrage was ree in the past but version 2.5 costs 20 bucks, and version 3 costs 40
Thanks man,... updated :)

reelrain12, glad you found it useful!

Cheers

Bloodwraith
01-15-2010, 01:48 AM
Thanks Kanga, Im currently a starving artist who went to college in the 70's before they used computers for graphic art. Im trying very hard to teach myself and all those sites will prove very valuable.

Anyone that feels like taking a newb under thier wing send me a message;)

DK'sDestiny

Kanga
01-15-2010, 12:15 PM
Your welcome DKsDestiny. Hope you find these resources useful. Good luck with getting work, starving artist isnt too much fun.

Cheers

AVoe
01-20-2010, 03:38 PM
Hello -
Wow..what an extensive page of advice...
Many thanks to you
for sharing your insight and knowledge ---

much good fortune

Kanga
01-20-2010, 07:08 PM
Hi AVoe,
Glad you find it useful. Very nice to receive a thankyou:)

Cheers

DanielX1
02-27-2010, 05:35 AM
i absolutely agree with you, because there are a lot of good software for cg which are pretty good, so anyone can start learning the basic and the web is full of tutorials and documentation for everyone.
:)

ahmedteleb
02-27-2010, 09:54 PM
new 3 open source graphics software i found for you and you gonna like it

1-MyPaint :arteest:
is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.
http://mypaint.intilinux.com/

2-Alchemy :buttrock:
is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways. Alchemy isnít software for creating finished artwork, but rather a sketching environment that focuses on the absolute initial stage of the creation process. Experimental in nature, Alchemy lets you brainstorm visually to explore an expanded range of ideas and possibilities in a serendipitous way.
http://al.chemy.org/

3-Sculptris :thumbsup:
sculpting tool that has been developing since early December 2009. Its main feature is dynamic mesh tessellation that will provide additional detail where necessary,
http://www.drpetter.se/project_sculpt.html

:applause::applause::applause:

Kanga
02-27-2010, 11:48 PM
DanielX1 Thanks, yes we have all we need right at our fingertips!
ahmedtelb, added. Thanks as always man :thumbsup:

Cheerio

Creeto
03-10-2010, 01:36 PM
nice list :)

here's my favorite tool:

Pixarra Twisted Brush
http://www.pixarra.com/

there's a completely free edition :arteest:

Kanga
03-10-2010, 03:47 PM
Creeto: added!
Thanks man :)

halen
04-16-2010, 01:22 PM
Sumopaint already here..? http://www.sumopaint.com/

It has some nice features and it is still in somekind of progress and has new features every now and then.

Kanga
04-16-2010, 03:03 PM
Sumopaint already here..? http://www.sumopaint.com/

It has some nice features and it is still in somekind of progress and has new features every now and then.

Is this thing free? Cant see it clearly stated on the site. If it is free will include it, thanks in advance :)

halen
04-16-2010, 04:02 PM
^ there are different account levels with different sets of tools. Basic thing is free for personal use, more tools and commerial use with licence.

http://www.sumopaint.com/licence/

I think that the system is still kind of in progress, but it has already some nice features.

Symmetry tool almost nostalgig and reminds me about my first tool of choise with Amiga: Deluxe Paint 2 - it had also some animation features and spend hours with it. :D

Kanga
04-17-2010, 01:39 AM
^ there are different account levels with different sets of tools. Basic thing is free for personal use, more tools and commerial use with licence.

http://www.sumopaint.com/licence/

I think that the system is still kind of in progress, but it has already some nice features.

Symmetry tool almost nostalgig and reminds me about my first tool of choise with Amiga: Deluxe Paint 2 - it had also some animation features and spend hours with it. :D
Well that's good enough for me:) added.

Thanks

sundialsvc4
04-17-2010, 02:57 AM
Two useful things that I would cautiously add:

(1) Fast external hard drives are plentiful, huge, and cheap ... available even at general department stores. Drives that support FireWire are usually built for higher performance than those which use USB, but either one will work. (A "camera port" is often a FireWire port.) There seems to be a compromise between "outrageous capacity" and "decent speed." Prefer speed, IMHO. Splurge. Buy two.

(1a) A drive of a size that fits easily in a bank safe-deposit box is very handy. (So is a safe-deposit box that's large enough to hold the external drives that you do have.) Bank tellers are friendly people who will quickly get to know you. 'Nuff said.

(2) Use those drives, not only to give your system more raw storage space, but to create an automatic or semi-automatic scheme for doing reliable system backups. Macs have their "Time Machine" program, but Windows systems also have "backup" capability hiding in the "properties" window of the My Computer control-panel. (Right-click the icon of the drive.) It can do scheduled backups... and you want to. Unless you arrange for backups to occur automatically while you work, you just won't do them often enough. These backup systems can retrieve not only the "latest" version of a file, but several prior "generations" of it as well. Very useful.

HTH ...

Kanga
04-17-2010, 09:41 AM
I think what you are saying is get 2 types of external drives, and put a drive in a safety deposit box,... and backup often.

Ummm, the speed at which your rig will run will improve if you only have an OS and application data on the hard disk. Computers break, its happened to all of us. When your work files and install data is on a separate disk nothing will be lost in the event of a meltdown.

To back up your work (if you are really worried) you can buy cheap server space and upload your extremely important files there. You would really only do this if you were already doing important commercial work though.

GoldenCamel
04-17-2010, 10:01 AM
To back up your work (if you are really worried) you can buy cheap server space and upload your extremely important files there. You would really only do this if you were already doing important commercial work though.

Or you can get several gmail accounts and send the files to yourself. free.

Kanga
04-17-2010, 10:41 AM
Or you can get several gmail accounts and send the files to yourself. free.
Yeah, you could do that. In the beginning your files will probably not be too big. Most folks can only email a couple of mb at a time. You will find though that even a single character with image files, model files, project files, animation files and shot files can easily reach a couple of gig :) For personal projects I dont do it but for commercial ones I would just hire some external storage space. That way your data is off site, and backed up as servers routinely have a backup system of their own. A few terabyte is not that expensive if you shop around.

halen
04-28-2010, 07:11 AM
Stumbled up on an another online editor: pixlr (http://www.pixlr.com/)

And noticed that pixia address should be updated. Current english site is probably here:

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/

Kanga
04-28-2010, 11:16 AM
Stumbled up on an another online editor: pixlr (http://www.pixlr.com/)

And noticed that pixia address should be updated. Current english site is probably here:

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/
Thanks halen!
Edited :)

PawnMarauder
05-05-2010, 08:00 PM
Thanks for the information, much appreciated. So, on the shopping list next: Graphics tablet, and a good chair to replace my dining chair.

:cool:

Kanga
05-05-2010, 09:46 PM
Thanks for the information, much appreciated. So, on the shopping list next: Graphics tablet, and a good chair to replace my dining chair.

:cool:
Dining chair,...OUCH! :)

cristian1985
05-27-2010, 10:11 AM
thanks for that link for free learning I noted them all.

armynavy123
07-13-2010, 10:51 PM
Thank you so much for posting this, I am a beginner and this was greatly helpful. Impressive list :thumbsup:, and a new graphics tablet may be coming my way :cool:

jazzygirl07
07-20-2010, 02:57 PM
Hello thank u so much for the post on there i am going to check in to all of this stuff ...................i currently love art since i was 9 and has improved i want to improve my skills and other i want to one day become an animator but schools cost soooooooo much i live in tampa fl and well i want to attend the art institute of tampa but very very pricy..................if u have any info for me that will help thanks

Kanga
08-08-2010, 01:06 PM
cristian1985 you are welcome,... and welcome to cgtalk, was your first post I see!

armynavy123, I wont do digital art without my little bamboo! Ha ha. Glad you found the list useful.

... i want to attend the art institute of tampa but very very pricy..................if u have any info for me that will help thanks
This is about art education, it applies to all areas of digital art, not just games. It is the best advice I have ever read.
http://www.poopinmymouth.com/tutorial/formal_art_training.html

Good luck with your journey jazzygirl!

MorgaineLF
08-12-2010, 06:56 AM
Thanks a lot for all the advices and list of free software.
I'm a chemist who would love to work into illustration so I'm practising a lot right now. Love painting in 2D but I'm became so curious to test 3D as well. So, the list is great, maybe I can test one of those programs without I'll get starving...

Just one thing you forget to tell: get a babysitter if you have small children! This is actually my biggest problem, time and concentration aren't enough... :scream:

Sulla
08-19-2010, 08:12 PM
Just noticed this thread it is really handy. :) Also thought I might add my own project if that is OK. I have a free online art course. It start with traditional art and your basics skills then builds on them step by step. And I help each person in the course. At least for now while it is still smallish.

You can find the art course here http://artphotofilm.com/patricks-free-art-course/

WilsonReyes
08-24-2010, 12:37 PM
Hi there, deviantArt has a new online painting program called Muro, it's located here:

http://muro.deviantart.com/

it's pretty good, but not totally free.. you get the basic stuff, but you have to pay for more patterns/brushes.. :D

Kanga
08-25-2010, 01:36 PM
Sorry for the late replies.

MorgaineLF, good to know you found it useful. Good luck on your journey!

Sulla
WilsonReyes
Thanks guys. There is a ref to online learning and I am sure your links here will be appreciated.

Cheerio

CGphysics
10-29-2010, 08:04 AM
Houdini also has the "starving artist" edition, but it isn't completely free(like 100usd)

Kanga
10-29-2010, 11:12 AM
Don't Houdini still have the apprentice scheme? Thanks for the heads up, we are only including free apps and open source. Thanks though.

CGphysics
10-29-2010, 07:48 PM
Yes, they have both. The starving artist edition just removes the watermarks and allows to render at higher resolution.

Kanga
11-02-2010, 03:41 PM
Yes, they have both. The starving artist edition just removes the watermarks and allows to render at higher resolution.
Nope, my students are members of the education program. Checked yesterday, student versions are full versions of the software, no watermarks, no resolution restrictions. That is ALL the autodesk software. Motion builder, mudbox, Max, Maya and many more.

Student versions are not free software however. You can't produce commercial work with them.

GoodAsNew
11-19-2010, 01:01 PM
For those who are self educating, do they need some academic proof to buy these non watermarked student packages from Autodesk?

Big list of freeware apps but how easy it is to get a job with only freeware experience? Blender is great but how many studios actually use it much? Most job ads i've found in this forum has commercial app requirements like Max and Maya.

Kanga
11-19-2010, 01:33 PM
For those who are self educating, do they need some academic proof to buy these non watermarked student packages from Autodesk?
Those who are self educating cannot get the edu version of the software. Our college bought something like 30 licenses so our students can use their student email adres for download specifics.

Big list of freeware apps but how easy it is to get a job with only freeware experience? Blender is great but how many studios actually use it much? Most job ads i've found in this forum has commercial app requirements like Max and Maya.
It's not easy to get a job period. Showing you are proficient in making 3d assets/art to meet commercial requirements is more important than the application you use. Leaning 3d is harder than learning an app. Even so, if you were really worried about this aspect the price of software is peanuts compared to a salary. It would be a small investment compared to the outcome. Unlike the cost of commercial schooling which can often be far greater than a salary over a lifetime if loans were to be payed back via savings.

Hope this helps.

MaciejSzalewicz
11-20-2010, 06:53 PM
Thanks for the interesting tips and a large database of free software. Currently I'm learning to use Blender. I hope that someday I'll work as a graphic designer, it's my first step to fulfill my dream ...;)

GoodAsNew
11-23-2010, 02:45 PM
Thanks Kanga.

I'm probably going to apply to some free 3D school in my country. It would make things much easier. I could get financial aid for the studies, the edu versions of the software and wouldnt have to waste so much time and energy in odd jobs while studying. Plus of course the support from the school. Tho, in my country there aren't many school options to choose from and the courses probably aren't the same quality as in those expencive US schools, but still better than nothing.

Didnt know hdrshop had free version. That really is a missing piece. I'm currently looking into making some decent sky domes for IBL purposes.

Vue Pioneer would be usefull aswell. Looks like it's 9.0 pioneer and 8.5 PLE now that are free.

jeffthomann
11-29-2010, 04:34 PM
I miss the days before Kaydara got gobbled up by the little company eater, Autodesk... back then there was a freelancer version of Motionbuilder that cost 100 bucks or so. Now that Autodesk owns it, it's usually around 5k at most resellers.

Kanga
11-29-2010, 04:51 PM
MaciejSzalewicz
GoodAsNew, glad you found it useful guys!

jeffthomann, yeah MB is kick ass. It will pay for itself after a couple of good jobs, but you have to get those jobs first :) damn.

Cheers

thecathyinthehat
12-25-2010, 02:04 AM
I don't know if anybody's already posted about it, but Wikipedia has an amazing link that has side-by-side comparisons of dozens of different raster graphics editors. It includes freeware, shows what operating systems are supported, file support, basic features, and some other stuff. Anybody new who wants to download a free alternative to Photoshop should check it out! :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_raster_graphics_editors

Kanga
12-26-2010, 04:15 PM
Thanks Cathy, added!

thecathyinthehat
12-26-2010, 10:05 PM
Looks like the link that I gave isn't showing up on your main post. :x

It's because I just copy/pasted it from my address bar and the url's too long...I'll put it through tinyurl:

http://tinyurl.com/ya4jff

Kanga
12-28-2010, 02:16 PM
Yeah I tested the link to see it was what you said it was, it was. Should be fixed now though. Thanks for the tiny although the original wasn't that long. Will keep an eye on it.

chrishoky
01-26-2011, 03:55 PM
This was a priceless post from the standpoint of someone just starting out like myself... I particularly liked the part about forging ahead even though others will think your work is horrid. Great advice, thank your for taking the time to make such an informative post.

Kanga
01-27-2011, 01:30 AM
Hey Chris, pleased to hear you found the post useful!

Cheers

thecathyinthehat
05-08-2011, 06:16 AM
http://animation.about.com/od/referencematerials/a/freesoftware.htm

I found a list of free trials and software for 2d and 3d animation. :)

Kanga
05-08-2011, 11:02 AM
Thanks Cathy!
Much of the stuff we have links to but not the trials. However quite a job to sort through them all so I will leave your link here for folks to find.

Thanks again.

thudpucker
09-08-2011, 05:59 PM
From the "Learning" post I tried to download Pencil.
I have a bunch of stuff from that effort. 10 Files. Two tries and I have two Pencil files.
But cannot open the "Pencil" file.

Where is the "Operator Lead Through" for the "Software Challenged" old farts?
The page is full of info, but no instructions.
What to do next?

This reminds me of a Cop or Teacher trying to get some information or response from a Sullen student.

Kanga
09-08-2011, 08:07 PM
From the "Learning" post I tried to download Pencil.
I have a bunch of stuff from that effort. 10 Files. Two tries and I have two Pencil files.
But cannot open the "Pencil" file.

Where is the "Operator Lead Through" for the "Software Challenged" old farts?
The page is full of info, but no instructions.
What to do next?

This reminds me of a Cop or Teacher trying to get some information or response from a Sullen student.
From the website I saw the application is from 2008. Google pencil install problems brings these posts up. I would look for an alternative and if I dont hear from you that it works I will withdraw it from the list.
Oh dear, so this has been my third late night trying to install synfig! Is there something I'm missing? I mean, am I SUPPOSED to download all these different things before I can use it or is there one giant .EXE which I can just download and run. At least on this attempt they had instructions on how to install it, but I got a third of the way through, and they started explaining it like I know exactly what they're talking about. I'm an Animator, not a computer technician! Did you have any problems putting it together Will? I'm annoyed I spent a part of my night installing god knows what, just to get lost in a river of computer babble.
Not all free software is user friendly at the install stage I agree. Mostly though you can get it running with a bit of research, ..... not always though.

GL. man

thudpucker
09-08-2011, 09:39 PM
RE: Pencil,
I tried to download it again and got the same blank stare.

When I click on the little Pencil Icon, I get an err message:
"The Program can't start because < mingwm10.dll> is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."

I have Win-7 (Dell Inispiron) and don't know where to go from here.

Kanga
09-09-2011, 12:20 AM
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/mingwm10-dll-not-found-missing-error.htm

Have a read. How to fix your problem.
You are lucky its windows, this error comes up more often so there are answers available.

thudpucker
09-09-2011, 03:02 AM
Many Thanks Kanga.
You scared me to death. I hardly know anything about PC's and that Win-7 Error table list finished me off.
I deleted all traces of Pencil and will go on with some other programs till I find one I can used without having Nightmares while learning.

Kanga
09-09-2011, 08:52 PM
Many Thanks Kanga.
You scared me to death. I hardly know anything about PC's and that Win-7 Error table list finished me off.
I deleted all traces of Pencil and will go on with some other programs till I find one I can used without having Nightmares while learning.

Ok :)
http://alternativeto.net/software/pencil/

thudpucker
09-10-2011, 07:52 AM
I'm still trying to make some thing work.
In school we trained on Adobe Illustrator. Whatta grand program suite that one is!
I could never afford that one though.
So we used InkScape as an alternative.
For some reason, during a long complex project in Ink-scape, the screen would go blank.
When you got the screen back your project was gone!
A defense was to save often, but nobody ever figured out why Ink-scape would just disappear off into cyber space.

I have to wait till after 2AM my time for all these long downloads. Still trying to get Pencil.
I need something with directions real handy.
Dick

Kanga
09-10-2011, 11:35 AM
The inkscape problem sounds like a leak. In any case it isnt anything you can fix unless you can write software.

You need an alternative with a forum not just instructions. Lots of applications have communities of enthusiastic users often accompanied by the developers. You need a place you can ask questions.

I am mostly busy with 3d graphics and don't my way around 2d animation software. Perhaps the Animation guys and gals can give you a hand.
http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=26

thudpucker
09-10-2011, 02:58 PM
Yippee, I got Pencil to work!

The Ink Scape problem was in the University Computer lab. Your right. I don't know so I stayed away.
Thanks for your help with those links.

2D and 3D, Raster, etc are Vocabulary words. I'll spend some time with WIKI on that stuff.
I understand Layers.
My problems were in sizing and placing.
OK, onwards n' upwards.
Dick

Kanga
09-10-2011, 03:59 PM
Yippee, I got Pencil to work!

These are the times where air punches and the Mypos dance of joy are appropriate!

Have fun Dick.

bigworld
09-20-2011, 07:12 AM
do you like 2d animation ..... you want free software like flash Depend on the vector drawing and frames - tweening process and much more




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thudpucker
09-20-2011, 09:40 AM
I would really enjoy any kind of 2D or 3D software that would Function in a way I'd expect it to.
I'd also like some better written Tutorials and Manuals.

I've downloaded a bunch of programs, and tried them till the Frustration drove me off.

My suggestions to Software Creators would be to use their Grand Parents as the Beta testers.
I'd kick my Granddaughters Butt Good if she'd have written some of this stuff I'm dealing with now.

Kanga
09-21-2011, 04:26 AM
My suggestions to Software Creators would be to use their Grand Parents as the Beta testers.
Ha ha grandad, it has nothing to do with age. My students are between 16-18 and there are a number that feel just as you do. It is just a question of getting used to how things work. You get used to trouble shooting and problems often repeat themselves. Once you have solved them a number of times it will get to be second nature.

thudpucker
09-21-2011, 05:54 AM
Kanga it's not the intellect of the student, it's the illogicality of what happens when we put the mouse to the program.
"What the Heck? Why'd it do that????" and there's no way of asking for help at that point.

By the time we get to be my age, we wont put up with something that don't work like it should.
That's the reason for Grandparents!
The Grandparents would have those kids fixing what's wrong till it was an easy thing to work.

Intellectual Properties and threat of lawsuits make it necessary for creators to dodge and duck.
So a Tool in one creation has to be renamed in another creation.
The functions have to be different.
I understand all that. It has to be!

What I don't understand is why the Tutorial or Help file seems to have so little to do with the problems experienced by the users.
I've sent this same message to a lot of creators, including the biggie; the creators of Photoshop.

I sent three letters to Adobe during my College Course in internet graphics. I was trying to help them, myself, and all future student out.
Adobe has a wonderful help file.
I think that may have been the reason for only the one generic reply. They felt the very good help file would cover all the questions.

Sarcastically, I wonder why they thought I was sending the questions?
And if they knew where the answers were, why didn't they tell me in a response?

So I'm still stuck. Pencil is good but has some things I didn't find in the Owners manual.
I have Blender, GIMP, Google Sketch up and good ol' MS Paint.
They all have different ways of doing things and all are great programs.
But they all have the same thing in common. NO Operator Lead Through!
No step by step Tutorial touching on every function of every tool.

By now your saying; "What's he griping about, those are Free programs!"
And my answer to that is: "When I run across the program with the comfortable and useful help files, I'll pay for it!"
I'll pay for something that works!

We had lightening around us now, and I unplug everything, including the Antenna when the light show starts. Then I join the Dog under the Bed till it's over.
See you tomorrow some time.

Kanga
09-21-2011, 12:21 PM
Dick,..Dude!

The frustration you are feeling has nothing to do with intellect! However I will give you one tip. 3dsmax has the best help files and tutorial files around. I read the other day that anyone can get a free functional copy (actually any of the autodesk applications) by signing up as a home student. You are free to use the programs as long as you don't make any commercial work with them.

I used Blender once and was surprised by how easy to use it was, the community on the forums welcomed me and gave me links and advice from the get go. I had no trouble with the application because I have been doing this every day for 10 years so no surprises there.

There were times I wanted to chuck my machine out the window for sure. I just had to learn step by step and use the internet like you are already doing. You will get the hang of it if you keep going.

Go get em tiger.

thudpucker
09-24-2011, 03:44 AM
I'm wondering....just wondering.
What can I do to convince "Free Software to Students" that I am a Student. Also I have Collegiate Freshman Gran daughter in my house going to school.

You guys seem to like MAYA. What others might listen to me?

JaredWhitney1
10-05-2011, 02:34 PM
You are provide vailable information to all people.thanks

morisan
12-06-2012, 06:35 PM
I found this youtube channel by CGspectrum where they have a lot of beginner friendly intro videos on 3D character animation, making demo reels and concept art composition etc. I think they post their first lessons as free content and I found them really useful and accessable. Hope you guys can get some use out of it too!

http://www.youtube.com/user/thecgspectrum/videos?flow=grid&view=0

Kanga
02-07-2013, 10:43 AM
I'm wondering....just wondering.
What can I do to convince "Free Software to Students" that I am a Student. Also I have Collegiate Freshman Gran daughter in my house going to school.

You guys seem to like MAYA. What others might listen to me?
thudpucker sorry didnt see you there! You cant convince people to use free software because they will think that something expensive works better :) Free alternatives are just as good and sometimes better. Super specialty software will remain though because it is impossible to make free applications that cover everything.
I found this youtube channel by CGspectrum where they have a lot of beginner friendly intro videos on 3D character animation, making demo reels and concept art composition etc. I think they post their first lessons as free content and I found them really useful and accessable. Hope you guys can get some use out of it too!

links removed

Mostly dynamics and effects material but they have an introduction to Maya course that covers the basics as well. Great instructors though...
Thanks vfxescapee. That link doesnt seem to work though.

Cheers and thanks for the contribution.

vfxescapee
02-07-2013, 12:47 PM
My bad, is fixed now.

RGPorter
02-08-2013, 03:18 PM
This is fantastic information for those of us just starting out. I do have one quick question. You mentioned Graphics tablet. I was already looking at the Bamboo but was wondering, I'm looking at both the Capture and Create and wondered if one was better than the other or if it matters?

Again, thanks for the wonderful topic. I'll be visiting this post often.

Kanga
02-10-2013, 08:39 AM
This is fantastic information for those of us just starting out. I do have one quick question. You mentioned Graphics tablet. I was already looking at the Bamboo but was wondering, I'm looking at both the Capture and Create and wondered if one was better than the other or if it matters?

Again, thanks for the wonderful topic. I'll be visiting this post often.

Aha, congrats on your first post and welcome to CGTalk.
I have a bamboo touch and turned the touch off :) I think the most important thing is pressure sensitivity, which all those tablets you mentioned probably have, and size. I have dual monitors and the bamboo is a perfect size for them and also makes the tablet small for travel.

Depending on what apps you want to use the wacom for you may have to tune it. For instance on windows you have to disable the Aero mouse theme and a bunch of other services to get the tablet to work well with 3dsmax. That is just one case, the web will provide you with solutions on this,

Have fun!

RGPorter
02-15-2013, 01:17 PM
Aha, congrats on your first post and welcome to CGTalk.
I have a bamboo touch and turned the touch off :) I think the most important thing is pressure sensitivity, which all those tablets you mentioned probably have, and size. I have dual monitors and the bamboo is a perfect size for them and also makes the tablet small for travel.

Depending on what apps you want to use the wacom for you may have to tune it. For instance on windows you have to disable the Aero mouse theme and a bunch of other services to get the tablet to work well with 3dsmax. That is just one case, the web will provide you with solutions on this,

Have fun!

Thank you for the quick response Kanga. I'll be ordering my Wacom soon. One side question. With going back to school for graphic design, I will have the following available to me. PC, Graphics Tablet and CS6. Are there any other tools/programs that will help or be necessary? My main focus will be photo manipulation initially (for book covers, websites etc). I'm hoping to branch out into doing more creative art from scratch, but need somewhere to start. :)

Thanks again everyone. :)

cgkid123
07-31-2013, 10:50 AM
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Loads of useful stuff!

ahmedteleb
12-16-2013, 06:02 PM
http://www.krita.org/

billel3d
02-15-2014, 08:17 PM
My animation, drawings, sequential artworks & ramblings!

AmyPatel
04-29-2014, 02:49 AM
Thanks again for posting the information, I've been looking for online school but it's very expensive n so I'm trying to learn by myself. I hope someday I'll join a online school n get a degree.. I'm basically interested in 3d modelling (architecture). Once I start I'll definitely put my work so that I can learn more.

Thanks again